I dont know who needs to know this, but the concurrence of austerity--the vicious slashing of social spending across the board--and the growth of the carceral state and industrial complex are no coincidence. That's the most simple definition of what neoliberalism is, and what its project means for us.
Like, its obvious that decreases in welfare will lead to increases in crime (or what the state calls crime), but realize that this was a deliberate, conscious policy. This is why for-profit prisons boomed in the Reagan era--they were safety valves for the excess humans that society had to stow away, but which the state didn't have the capacity to house. They quickly allowed for and utilized them because they knew what the effect of the policies would be.
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